Update: 12 Killed at 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting in Colorado
Fifty others are reported wounded, and a suspect is in custody.
Updated, 1:58 p.m.
At least 12 people are reported dead and 50 others are wounded in a shooting that broke out during a midnight showing Thursday of "The Dark Knight Rises" in suburban Denver, according to media reports.
Suspect James Holmes, 24, is in custody, according to Aurora, Colo., police.
Witnesses at the Century 16 movie theater said the gunman, wearing military-type fatigues and gas mask, set off a smoke bomb and then made his way through the theater, gunning people down.
Bullets went through the theater wall, injuring people in the screening next door, as well.
The Huffington Post reported that some 250 police officers responded to the scene and found the suspect near a car at the back of the theater. He was carrying a knife, handgun and rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest.
Police originally announced that 14 people had died in the attack, but revised the death toll around 7:45 a.m., NBC News reported.
The latest in the "Batman" movie series premiered Thursday nationwide, including Gwinnett County.
Suwanee Police spokesperson Capt. Clyde Byers said Friday morning that the department plans no extra security locally, concerning the city's recently opened theater under the Movie Tavern franchise.
CEO John Hersker of the Dallas-based company issued the following statement Friday:
"We are deeply saddened by the turn of events in Aurora, Col. and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The safety of our guests and employees is the top priority for Movie Tavern. At this time, we believe what happened in Aurora, Col. was an isolated incident, but we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust security measures as necessary. We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and the people of Aurora."
The Johns Creek Police Department said that while it will have no extra security at Regal Cinemas Medlock this weekend, it will be on alert.
"We always have two uniform police officers at the Regal Cinemas every weekend. That’s at the request of the theater, and it’s been that way since the department started in 2008," said Rosemary Taylor, communications manager for the city of Johns Creek.
Various people in the area have reached out to Patch to weigh in on the incident, too.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their familes in this senseless tragedy," said Pastor John Byerly of Church of the Redeemer Presbyterian in Snellville. "I don't think any of us can understand what drives a person to do such evil. Things like this can drive us to fear and despair, but I hope they drive us instead to faith and courage. It is the Lord's help me need more than any in this nation.
Evil will not triumph where faith is strong."
One reader posted on the Snellville Patch Facebook page:
"A very dark night for many....this could happen anywhere. Security I imagine for movie outlets will have to be increase like other events in our world. I pray for the families...."
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